UN appeals for Afghan refugee aid as harsh winter proves deadly

From Aid | The Guardian Mon Dec 31 2012, 14:29:34

At least two children have already died from cold in camps crammed with tens of thousands of internally displaced Afghans

The deadly struggle with Afghanistan's bitter winter is only likely to get worse in the coming years, a top UN official warned, as he called for more aid money to be dedicated to emergency relief.

At least two children are already reported to have died from the cold this year in Kabul's makeshift refugee camps, crammed with tens of thousands of Afghans who have fled violence or desperate poverty, despite a drive by aid groups to prepare for sub-zero temperatures.

"Each family already has two or three people who are sick," said 77-year-old Shah Ghasi, who has squatted in the Bagh Dawood camp on the outskirts of Kabul for nearly a decade. "We only have hot water to try and keep warm - no stoves, no fuel."

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